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Oklahoma Gaming

1/16/2020

article HOSKIN, JR: Five Tribes Inter-Tribal Council critical to Oklahoma tribes
(Oklahoma) -- The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is comprised of the governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole...

1/15/2020

article FAQ: Oklahoma's Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- KOSU's Engagement Team has been reading and answering questions submitted to our recent survey on the tribal gaming compacts dispute. Below are answers...

1/14/2020

article Cherokee Chief Hoskin: Stitt “misleading” Oklahomans
(Oklahoma) -- Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Chuck Hoskin, Jr. fired back at comments made by Governor Kevin Stitt about the state's Indian gaming compact Tuesday....
article Oklahoma's gaming fight is about people’s lives
(Oklahoma) -- Meredith Good Voice was a card dealer for about a dozen years. She no longer works at a casino but she is worried about her former colleagues. "...
article Tribal leader says comparing Oklahoma casinos to Arkansas' is 'apples to bananas'
(Oklahoma) -- In making his case for extracting more gaming proceeds from the state's Indian tribes, Gov. Kevin Stitt has repeatedly made reference to Arkansas,...

1/12/2020

article 3 tribes sue governor over casino gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Three of the most powerful tribes in Oklahoma filed a federal lawsuit against the state's governor on Dec. 31, asking the court to help resolve a...
article Flash Point team talks tribal gaming compacts with former State Treasurer
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week, former Oklahoma State Treasurer,...
article Tribes to Gov Stitt: Check's in the Mail
(Oklahoma) -- At the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Friday at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa, officials with the...

1/11/2020

article Tribes sue Oklahoma governor to protect Class III gaming rights
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation, the Chickasaw Nation and the Choctaw Nation are suing the Republican governor of Oklahoma as a gaming impasse enters the new year. The...

1/10/2020

article 'Misunderstanding' Or Bluff, Cherokee Chief Says About Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- In a new podcast interview, the leader of the Cherokee Nation said the fight over tribal gaming compacts were either a “breathtaking misunderstanding...
article Capitol Insider: Exploring Options For Gaming Fees
(Oklahoma) -- Money is coming into the state of Oklahoma from tribal gaming in December, but what to do with exclusivity fee payments from January is up in the air....
article Gaming compact dispute update: Tribal leaders say money will continue to be sent to state
(Oklahoma) -- The check is in the mail. Or at least it will be soon. At the quarterly meeting of the Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes Friday at the Hard...
article Most residents side with tribes on compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The dispute between Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and Native American tribes on the state gaming compact has bled into a legal battle, as the Cherokee,...
article LETTER: Gov. Stitt will go down in history as a treaty busting politician
(Oklahoma) -- In U.S. history, 500 treaties between Native American tribes and the government were all broken by the government. Gov. Kevin Stitt is wanting to break...

1/9/2020

article Fees that tribes pay to state in limbo amid compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The fate of millions of dollars in exclusivity fees tribes pay the state in exchange for operating Class III gaming is up in the air. In a memo from the...
article Stitt reportedly using funds from gaming to pay law firm
(Oklahoma) -- In response to the Cherokee, Choctaw and Chickasaw nations filing a lawsuit to determine whether the casino gaming compact with the state has renewed,...
article OP/ED: A tribal sovereignty primer
(Oklahoma) -- During my years on the staff of The Lawton Constitution, I covered several Indian tribes and in the process became fairly well-versed in exactly what is...

1/7/2020

article HOLDEN: Federal Lawsuit Threatens To Derail Legal Gambling In Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- While much of the country has been discussing the chances for expanded gambling — via authorizing sports betting, poker, and/or online casinos...
article REPORT: State Using Money Raised from Gaming to Defend Against Lawsuit Brought by Tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is using funds generated by tribal fees to pay for a law firm to defend him in a lawsuit brought by three of the state’s largest...

1/6/2020

article State uses funds derived from gaming to defend against lawsuit brought by tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt is using funds generated by tribal fees to pay for a law firm to defend him in a lawsuit brought by three of the state’s largest...
article Oklahoma Supreme Court rules in favor of Video Gaming Technologies' property taxes case
(Oklahoma) -- In a decision dated Dec. 17 but not yet released for publication, the Oklahoma Supreme Court unanimously ruled in favor of Video Gaming Technologies, a...

1/5/2020

article Seattle firm to take on Oklahoma tribal gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- In the continuing effort to obtain higher exclusivity rates on the Class III casino games that Oklahoma tribes pay to the state, Gov. Kevin Stitt has now...

1/4/2020

article Berrey: Oklahoma governor threatens tribal economies
(Oklahoma) -- The following is a statement from John Berrey, Chairman of the Quapaw Nation, in connection with the Cherokee Nation v. Stitt litigation. The lawsuit was...
article State, tribal partnership 'achieve greatest good'
(Oklahoma) -- In an era when society seems to be torn into opposing camps, it is heartening to look back in time when the dots of history created a path to partnerships...
article OP/ED: Problem gambling must be part of compact debate
(Oklahoma) -- The debate over renegotiating state-tribal gaming compacts, which confer monopoly rights to casinos, has focused mostly on dollars and cents. But the...
article LETTER: Proud of Stitt's cabinet member for standing up to the governor
(Oklahoma) -- I am proud of Lisa Billy for standing up to Gov. Kevin Stitt. She’s an asset to the tribes. Two former governors, Barry Switzer, company CEOs,...

1/3/2020

article Gov. Kevin Stitt hires outside law firm to handle tribal gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday announced he had hired the Seattle-based law firm Perkins Coie to represent the state in a dispute with tribes over gaming...
article State leaders hire law firm to fight federal lawsuit over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- As the dispute over tribal gaming compacts moves to a higher court, state leaders say they are getting prepared for a legal fight. Currently, Native...
article Stitt hires out-of-state firm to help with gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor announced Friday hiring out-of-state attorneys to represent the state in the ongoing gaming compact dispute with Native American...
article Capitol Insider: Gaming Compact Dispute Unresolved
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal gaming continues across the state, even as Governor Kevin Stitt argues the practice became illegal on January 1st. KGOU's Dick Pryor and...
article Model Gaming Compact Dispute: Tribes Sue, Governor Defends
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt is praising two tribes, the Kialegee Tribal Town (“Tribe”) and United Keetoowah Band of Cherokee Indians, for entering...

1/2/2020

article Oklahoma Supreme Court rules out property tax assessments on leased slot machines
(Oklahoma) -- County assessors trying to levy property taxes against a company that leases Class II gaming equipment to tribal casinos apparently have had a setback in...
article Casinos still open despite Gov. Stitt's warning
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal casinos across the state are still open for business despite Governor Stitt's warning that gambling there is now illegal. State leaders claim...
article Two Oklahoma tribes sign extension with Gov. Kevin Stitt after three sue over gaming compact renewal
(Oklahoma) -- After adding fuel to the fire of an already heated situation, Oklahoma Governor, Kevin Stitt, now faces a federal lawsuit filed by the state’s three...
article Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw tribes file lawsuit over gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Citing the uncertainty cast by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt over tribal gaming operations, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed a federal lawsuit...
article Oklahoma tribes sue governor over casino compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The battle between Oklahoma’s native Indian tribes and the governor has taken its next step. Governor Kevin Stitt wants the tribes to sit down at the...
article Tribal nations challenge Oklahoma on gaming revenues
(Oklahoma) -- Three tribal nations are taking a stand, keeping their casinos open despite a warning from Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt. The tribes are betting they're...
article UKB signs gaming extension with state
(Oklahoma) -- While the Cherokee Nation and other tribes were filing lawsuits to end the dispute over renewal of the gaming compact with Gov. Kevin Stitt, two tribes...

1/1/2020

article Casinos operating despite ongoing gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Is gambling now illegal in Oklahoma? That's a question many are asking as the gaming compact dispute between Governor Kevin Stitt and Native American...
article Gaming continues as usual at Oklahoma casinos despite ongoing dispute with state
(Oklahoma) -- Slots kept spinning on the Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville Casino floor long after the ball dropped at midnight Tuesday, despite the governor’s...
article Sac and Fox Nation Stands United with Fellow Nations on Gaming Compact Renewal Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Sac and Fox Nation Business Committee confirmed their support today for the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations as they filed a Federal lawsuit to...
article Tribes sue Stitt over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Three Native American tribes Tuesday sued Oklahoma’s governor, asking a federal judge to weigh in amid the continued impasse over gaming compacts. In...

12/31/2019

article Lawsuit and response lay out timeline of Oklahoma gaming compact debate
(Oklahoma) -- On the final day of 2019, a dispute between some of the state's major tribes and Governor Stitt over gambling is still unresolved. On New Year's...
article Oklahoma Tribes Sue Gov. Kevin Stitt Over Gaming Compact Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Three Oklahoma tribes have jointly sued Governor Kevin Stitt (R) over his demands that they negotiate new gaming compacts to operate their Native American...
article State's largest gaming tribes head to federal court to try to resolve compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The state’s three largest gaming tribes on Tuesday filed a federal lawsuit seeking to resolve a dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt over tribal gaming...
article Three Tribes file Federal lawsuit against Gov. Stitt to end compact renewal dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Three tribes have filed a Federal lawsuit against Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt today to bring an end to the gaming compact renewal dispute, officials say...
article Tribal leaders file federal lawsuit to end uncertainty about tribal gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- In a surprising twist, several Native American nations have filed a federal lawsuit regarding the state’s tribal gaming compact. Currently, Native...
article Tribal nations sue Gov. Kevin Stitt on gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Hours before 2019 turns into 2020, the Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw nations filed a federal lawsuit against Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt today, asking a...
article Tribes sue Gov. Kevin Stitt over renewal of gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's three largest gaming tribes have filed a federal lawsuit against Gov. Kevin Stitt seeking a declaratory judgment that the tribe's gaming...
article 2 Tribes Sign Extension With Gov. Stitt After 3 Tribes File Federal Lawsuit To End Compact Renewal Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Two tribes in Oklahoma have signed an eight-month extension, and three tribes have filed a federal lawsuit to end a compact renewal dispute over tribal...
article Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations file federal lawsuit to end compact renewal dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee, Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations filed a Federal lawsuit today to bring an end to the uncertainty Oklahoma Governor J. Kevin Stitt has attempted...
article Indian-owned casino gambling could be outlawed in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- Three native American tribes, including the Cherokee, are filing a federal lawsuit against Oklahoma’s governor because he is seeking to end their...
article MCBRIDE: Tribal compacts have a long history (and future) in Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- What are state/tribal compacts? Compacts are special government-to-government working agreements on issues of mutual interest, such as services, use of...
article No deal reached as tribal gaming compacts set to expire
(Oklahoma) -- In less than 24 hours, a gaming compact involving state and tribal leaders will expire. However, there is still no agreement about what that means for...
article VIDEO: Future Uncertain For Tribal Casinos As 2019 Ends
(Oklahoma) -- Time is running out for the state and Oklahoma Native American tribes to reach a new gaming agreement.

12/30/2019

article Major legal battle looming as expiration date for gambling compacts nears
(Oklahoma) -- The state of Oklahoma and tribal leaders are nearing the expiration date for agreements that allow casino-style gambling in the Sooner State. The language...
article Open for business: Tribes unconcerned about disruptions in gaming as New Year nears [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- People who like to patronize casinos in Oklahoma should not be concerned about disruptions in gaming on New Year’s Day or afterward, the chairman of...
article Property tax dispute over gaming equipment sent back to lower courts [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- Two cases in which county tax assessors in Oklahoma attempted to impose property taxes on gaming equipment owned by a private, nontribal entity but used in...

12/29/2019

article Gaming compact impasse keeps businesses in limbo
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma business owners are caught in the crossfire as tensions mount between the governor and Native American leaders over the future of the state’...
article Gulf widening in Oklahoma gaming dispute
(Oklahoma) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Cole’s hunch in the early months of a gaming dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Indian tribes looks more and more prescient today....
article LETTER: Follow the money on Gov. Stitt’s plan on casino-style gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Through the compact with the tribes, the state collects tribal revenues from Class III electronic games. What is Class III gaming? It includes slot...
article Oklahoma tribal leaders say governor’s remarks to casino vendors “inappropriate”
(Oklahoma) -- Tension continues to mount in Oklahoma where Republican Governor Kevin Stitt’s administration recently sent letters to gaming tribes advising that...

12/28/2019

article With governor's deadline approaching, next move in tribal gaming battle unclear
(Oklahoma) -- The stroke of midnight Jan. 1 marks a new year, a new decade and — maybe — a new era in the state’s thriving tribal gaming industry. As...

12/27/2019

article Cherokee Principal Chief Talks About Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- It’s not how Cherokee Principal Chief Hoskin Jr. envisioned things being days before January 1, 2020. Hoskin spoke to KWON AM 1400 and FM 93.3...
article Hamilton: Governor’s fight with tribes leaves state on shaky ground
(Oklahoma) -- It mystifies many political pros why Gov. Kevin Stitt is doubling, tripling and quadrupling down on his feud with the state’s tribes over gaming...
article OP/ED: Problem gambling must be part of compact debate
(Oklahoma) -- The debate over renegotiating state-tribal gaming compacts, which confer monopoly rights to casinos, has focused mostly on dollars and cents. But the...
article Stitt, lawmakers face persistent issues in 2020
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has some big decisions to make in 2020. The Republican governor is entering his second year in office with his promise from the 2018...
article Tribes Stand United: “Compacts will automatically renew”
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders from across the state are standing “united” in what one leader deems as an “unnecessary dispute” between Indian...

12/26/2019

article Native American Leaders Unite Against Renegotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Local Native American leaders last week reaffirmed their united stance against Gov. Kevin Stitt’s efforts to renegotiate gaming compacts, with one of...
article Unfinished Business: Stitt, Lawmakers Face Persistent Issues in 2020
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt has some big decisions to make in 2020. The Republican governor is entering his second year in office with his promise from the 2018...
article LETTER: Tribes paying their fair share
(Oklahoma) -- Want Native American land? Fine, just send the occupants off on the Trail of Tears [just one of many, many forced evictions of Native Americans by non-...

12/24/2019

article Commentary: Governor Stitt, the Oklahoma Tribes and the Outside Vendors
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to Compact negotiations between the state of Oklahoma and the various tribes involved in gaming enterprises, this essay could focus on the...
article Native American Affairs secretary abruptly resigns
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s first Secretary of Native American Affairs abruptly resigned Monday, saying that she can no longer serve a governor who is “...
article Oklahoma’s first ever Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns abruptly
(Oklahoma) -- One of Governor Stitt’s cabinet is resigning over gaming compact negotiations with the Oklahoma Tribes. On Monday, Oklahoma Secretary of Native...

12/23/2019

article Cabinet Member Resigns and Criticizes Oklahoma Governor Amid Gaming Compact Negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's Secretary of Native American Affairs, Lisa Billy, submitted her resignation Monday amid the state's compact negotiations with state...
article Oklahoma Sec. of Native American Affairs Resigns, Citing 'Unnecessary Conflict' Over Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs Lisa J. Billy resigned Monday, sending Gov. Kevin Stitt a scathing letter that cited the governor's...
article Oklahoma Secretary of Native American Affairs resigns from governor's cabinet, citing disagreement over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt's cabinet Secretary of Native American Affairs abruptly resigned Monday, citing irreconcilable differences with the governor over his...
article Stitt cabinet member quits, criticizes governor for 'unnecessary conflict' with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt’s secretary of Native American Affairs resigned Monday, and she didn’t go quietly. In a pointed resignation letter, former...
article Stitt's Top Tribal Adviser Steps Down, Cites Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt's top adviser on tribal issues announced her resignation on Monday and accused the governor of creating an ‘unnecessary...
article Businesses in limbo with gaming compact impasse
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma business owners are caught in the crossfire as tensions mount between the governor and Native American leaders over the future of the state’...
article Lawmakers remain mum regarding gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Many lawmakers remain largely, and noticeably, silent as tensions over Oklahoma's future gaming compacts rise between Native American tribes and the...

12/22/2019

article Stitt says 'my door is open' in gaming compacting dispute, but tribes show concern about some of the governor's public comments
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt said Friday that his door remains open to tribes who want to renegotiate gaming compacts. But as a contentious week drew to a close,...
article THE OKLAHOMAN: No sign of end to Oklahoma gaming impasse
(Oklahoma) -- A dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribal leaders over casino gaming took a number of interesting turns this week but none of them seemed to lead any...
article Tribes: Courting commercial gaming would be a mistake
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders who gathered to demonstrate solidarity of their position on gaming compacts they contend will automatically renew at year's end said any...

12/21/2019

article State mails out audit letters to Oklahoma gaming tribes as dispute escalates
(Oklahoma) -- The battle between Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma's gaming tribes heated up Friday. The Stitt administration upped the ante in a dispute over tribal...
article EDITORIAL: Tribal compact issue appears to be headed for courts
(Oklahoma) -- New Year’s Day is a time for resolutions, but that date holds some extra weight heading into 2020. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and nearly 40 federally...
article Oklahoma governor stands alone in tribal gaming compact negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is growing increasingly isolated as he continues to demand a larger share of gaming...
article Tribe's reject governor's offer to extend compact
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders representing almost every federally recognized tribe in Oklahoma gathered Wednesday to express their unified opposition to Gov. Kevin Stitt...

12/20/2019

article Amid gaming compact standoff, state of Oklahoma plans to audit tribes' casino operations
(Oklahoma) -- Tribes in a dispute with Gov. Kevin Stitt over gaming compacts are being notified that the state will resume auditing their casino operations. In a letter...
article Gov. vs. Gov.: Rotary guest lays out Tribes’ position in gaming compact dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The ongoing dispute between Gov. Kevin Stitt and the Oklahoma’s 38 collective Native American tribes regarding the state’s gaming compact...
article Native leaders, including Hoskin, reject governor's extension plan
(Oklahoma) -- Tribal leaders representing almost every federally recognized indigenous nation in Oklahoma gathered Wednesday to express their unified opposition to Gov....
article Oklahoma tribes: 'We stand united'
(Oklahoma) -- Leaders from nearly every Oklahoma-based Indian tribe that has a gambling compact with the state on Thursday rejected Gov. Kevin Stitt's offer to...
article Tribal leaders send letter to Gov. Stitt, reassert exclusive rights to electronic casino-style gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma City tribal leaders had a letter delivered to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s office, expressing their views on the status of the Tribal-State Gaming...
article Tribes unify against gaming compact deadline set by Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- With media from around the state attending, leaders from more than 30 Native American tribes in Oklahoma formally announced on Dec. 19 their unified stance...
article AG won’t comment on whether gaming compacts auto-renew
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s chief legal officer said Friday he couldn’t comment on whether he thought the state’s gaming compacts with Native Americans auto-renew Jan. 1....

12/19/2019

article Gov. Stitt releases details of proposed tribal gaming compact extension
(Oklahoma) -- Days after Governor Kevin Stitt announced that he was changing course related to the renegotiation of the gaming compact, we’re getting a better look at...
article Governor seeks 8-month extension to tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt sent letters to each of Oklahoma's gaming tribes Wednesday proposing an eight-month extension to all tribal gaming compacts. Stitt...
article More than 30 tribes ‘stand united’ against Stitt offer
(Oklahoma) -- More than 50 representatives from more than 30 sovereign tribal nations filled a stage at the River Spirit Casino this afternoon to emphasize unity during...
article OIGA rejects Governor's extension on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Oklahoma Indian Gaming Association is rejecting an offer made by Governor Kevin Stitt to extend negotiations to August.
article Oklahoma tribes decline Gov. Stitt's gaming compact extension proposal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s gaming tribes on Thursday declined Gov. Kevin Stitt’s proposed compact extension, saying their agreement with the state...
article Tribal Leaders Call Stitt's Bluff, Reject Gaming Compact Extension
(Oklahoma) -- Dozens of tribal leaders attended a news conference Thursday afternoon at Tulsa’s River Spirit Casino to respond to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s offer to...
article Tribal Leaders in Oklahoma Reject Governor's Extension Plan
(Oklahoma) -- In a strong show of unity, leaders of Oklahoma's gaming tribes called a joint news conference Thursday to announce their rejection of Gov. Kevin Stitt...

12/18/2019

article Gov. Kevin Stitt calls on tribes to sign extension to continue gaming negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt called on tribal leaders Tuesday to sign an extension to their existing gaming compacts to provide certainty that business will “...
article Stitt changes course, calls for extension to tribal gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- As the deadline nears for the renegotiation of a gaming compact, state officials say they are changing their course. Currently, Native American tribes pay...
article Tribes balk at offer to extend gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt suggested a temporary solution on Tuesday to his ongoing disagreement with Native American Indian tribes over the future of casino gaming...
article Oklahoma Governor Says Gambling Could Be Illegal at Tribal Owned Casinos on January 1
(Oklahoma) -- A fifteen year agreement is coming to an end in a few weeks. Looks like an extension needs to be worked on so that they can be open legally. It looks like...
article Stitt: State won’t reach new gaming agreement before Jan. 1
(Oklahoma) -- On the same day that Oklahoma’s lead negotiator announced he had stepped down, the governor said it’s obvious the state won’t be able to...
article Tribes prepare for sports betting, but compact debate with governor continues
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor has said tribal casinos will be operating in violation of the law on Jan. 1, while tribal officials have maintained it will be...

12/17/2019

article Attorney General Mike Hunter withdraws from tribal gaming compact discussions
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has notified Gov. Kevin Stitt that he is withdrawing from tribal gaming compact negotiations. Stitt and tribes are at...
article Attorney General steps aside from Indian gaming negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter announced Tuesday that he has stepped aside as the state's lead negotiator on tribal gaming compacts to allow Gov...
article Oklahoma AG Hunter Withdraws From Gaming Compact Negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has ended his involvement in Gov. Kevin Stitt's ongoing attempts to renegotiate gaming compacts with tribes in...
article Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt Ready to Take Tribal Compacts to Court
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Governor Kevin Stitt claims that unless Native Americans resolve the dispute with the state over the tribe’s compacts, they would be...
article SCOTUS Could Unleash Tribal Gaming Revolution Through Eastern Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- The U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case that could have far-reaching implications for eastern Oklahoma tribal gaming. It could also establish...
article Stitt takes lead on gambling talks, offers tribes extension
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday that he’s taking over gambling negotiations with Native American tribes from the attorney general and plans to hire...
article Editorial: Indian Gaming Compacts — A common sense approach
(Oklahoma) -- Why is the State of Oklahoma trying to recreate the debacle of General Motors or the Wind Industry with the Indian tribes that call Oklahoma home?
article Slot machine providers ‘not overly concerned’ about Oklahoma dispute
(Oklahoma) -- The war of words between Oklahoma’s Indian casino community and the state’s governor has caught the cursory interest of gaming equipment...
article ‘The ultimate cost’: Oklahoma faces problem gambling, treatment limitations
(Oklahoma) -- At 10 p.m. Friday, cars crowd the parking lot of Riverwind Casino just south of Norman. A cold front has chilled the December air, but a rainbow of neon...

12/16/2019

article Oklahoma Governor Says Compact Standoff Opening Door For Commercial Gaming [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- In an effort to get tribes to the negotiating table, Governor Kevin Stitt said there is the possibility for expanded commercial gaming in Oklahoma should a...
article Letter to the Editor: State ought to consider licensing gamblers
(Oklahoma) -- As Oklahoma faces controversy about the tribal gaming compacts, I suggest the state begin to license casino gamblers, just as we license fishing, driving,...

12/15/2019

article Lawmakers remain mum regarding gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Many lawmakers remain largely, and noticeably, silent as tensions over Oklahoma's future gaming compacts rise between Native American tribes and the...
article GUEST EDITORIAL: Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt should stand down in gaming conflict
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor should halt efforts to force tribal governments to renegotiate the terms of gaming compacts from which the state reaps tens of...

12/14/2019

article Gov. Stitt's dispute with tribes has rural communities — and their lawmakers — watching closely
(Oklahoma) -- Rural communities are closely watching Gov. Kevin Stitt’s dispute with the tribes over his desire to increase rates on gaming compacts. And their...
article Report appears to bolster tribal position that gaming compacts automatically renew
(Oklahoma) -- A 15-year-old legislative report appears to bolster the position taken by Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes that the state’s gaming compact...
article Some context for the governor’s political gamble with the tribes: Wayne Greene
(Oklahoma) -- For months, Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma tribes have been at loggerheads over renewal of the compact that allows for Class III gambling at tribal casinos...

12/13/2019

article Gaming compact fight coming down to the wire
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt claims when the 15-year gaming compact between tribes and the state expires on January 1, casinos will be operating illegally.

12/12/2019

article Cheif Chat: Partnerships with Cherokee Nation, tribes are key to Oklahoma’s future
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma is arguably the most distinctive state in the union. It is the home of four million people, a place of great beauty and abundant natural resources...
article Commercial gaming could put $150 million a year in fees to state at risk, Oklahoma tribes tell Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt would be putting $150 million per year in exclusivity fees at risk should he and lawmakers allow a commercial gaming operator into the...
article Governor Kevin Stitt gives an update on negotiations on Gaming Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Governor Kevin Stitt is giving an update on the negotiations of the Oklahoma Tribal Gaming Compact. In a statement sent to FOX 25, The Governor says...
article Stitt bets big in taking on tribes on gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Former Gov. Frank Keating’s plan was to play the role of “bad cop,” while he suggested former governor Brad Henry “be the good cop...

12/11/2019

article EDITORIAL: Stitt should take his chips off tribal table
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt says when it comes to renegotiating gaming compacts with Native tribes, the state should "call their bluff." What's going to happen if the...
article Gov. Kevin Stitt is getting bad legal advice on tribal gaming compacts, House leader thinks
(Oklahoma) -- Legislative leaders expressed varying opinions Wednesday about Gov. Kevin Stitt’s dispute with the state’s American Indian tribes over gaming...
article Oklahoma governor threatens tribes with non-Indian gaming
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt (R), a citizen of the Cherokee Nation, is threatening to bring non-Indian casinos to the state if tribes don't agree to his...

12/10/2019

article BLOG: Oklahoma and a new deal with Indian casinos
(Oklahoma) -- Interesting reading from Oklahoma, where Gov. Kevin Stitt believes a 15-year compact with Indian tribes to operate casinos comes to an end this year. The...
article Commercial gaming could put $150 million a year in fees to state at risk, Oklahoma tribes tell Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt would be putting $150 million per year in exclusivity fees at risk should he and lawmakers allow a commercial gaming operator into the...
article OK gov, tribes battling for public sentiment
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma’s governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...
article SWIMMER: Former chief, BIA official explains gaming compacts and tribal spending
(Oklahoma) -- Regarding the tribal gaming matter, I am concerned that the governor does not understand how tribes spend the money they make from gaming. The tribes are...

12/9/2019

article Stitt: Commercial casinos interested if deal with tribes not renewed
(Oklahoma) -- The governor said commercial casino operators are very interested in Oklahoma if the state and Native American tribes can't strike a new deal on gaming...
article COLUMN: Stitt's heavy hand with tribes not wise
(Oklahoma) -- Last summer, Gov. Kevin Stitt made clear his intent to renegotiate gaming compacts that have defined how tribal casinos operate in Oklahoma. The tribes...

12/8/2019

article OUR VIEW: Stitt should stand down in gaming conflict
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s governor should halt efforts to force tribal governments to renegotiate the terms of gaming compacts from which the state reaps tens of...
article Stitt and tribes fight for public support
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma's governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...

12/7/2019

article Experts: Gov. Kevin Stitt and the tribes are playing a dangerous 'political game of chicken'
(Oklahoma) -- A political game of chicken involving Gov. Kevin Stitt and Oklahoma’s Native American tribes could have some severe consequences for both, two...
article Gaming fight headed for showdown
(Oklahoma) -- A battle between state officials and Native American tribes over a hotly debated gaming compact could spill into federal court if the two sides can’t...
article Stitt: Tribes would ‘illegally’ run games without new deal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s Native American tribes would be illegally operating certain gambling games after Jan. 1 if they don’t resolve a dispute over the...
article Tribes send subtle message through advertising campaign
(California) -- Given a chance to say so directly, the leaders of Oklahoma’s largest tribal nations are hesitant to claim they serve the needs of Oklahomans better...

12/6/2019

article Chickasaw Nation warns of ‘an intolerable risk’ to its Oklahoma casinos
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma and the leader of the casino-operating Chickasaw Nation has reportedly written to the federal government to advise officials that his tribe...
article Five Tribes waiting for offer from governor on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma’s five largest Indian tribes aren’t buying. “It felt like a used car...
article Morgan: Casinos to keep operating [sub req]
(Oklahoma) -- Native American Indian tribes that have casino gaming interests in Oklahoma will continue to operate facilities after the start of 2020, the leader of the...
article Oklahoma Governor Stitt Says Tribal Operations Illegal After Jan 1, Chickasaw Threatens Legal Action
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal casino compact negotiations could be heading for court after Governor Kevin Stitt said operators would be breaking the law if they...
article Stitt claims tribal casinos will operate illegally without new compact
(Oklahoma) -- Indicating that the state and American Indian tribes may be headed for an impasse, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Dec. 5 attempted to apply a deadline to...
article Stitt, Indian tribes battle over gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Amid compact negotiations, Oklahoma’s governor is wagering residents are too smart to be influenced by a decade of philanthropic giving and an...
article Tribes and Gov Still Far, Far Apart on Gaming
(Oklahoma) -- With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid...

12/5/2019

article Gaming fight headed for showdown
(Oklahoma) -- A battle between state officials and Native American tribes over a hotly debated gaming compact could spill into federal court if the two sides can't...
article Tribes will be operating Class III games illegally on Jan. 1 if no compact deal is reached, Gov. Kevin Stitt says
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday said tribes that offer Class III gaming after Jan. 1 will be doing so illegally. The question for tribes that offer gaming,...
article Oklahoma Tribe Warns 'Intolerable Risk' Over Gaming Dispute
(Oklahoma) -- With a deadline for new Oklahoma gaming compact looming, a Native American tribe has warned the federal government that it might take legal action to avoid...
article MORON ALERT: Inconsequential casino taxation
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s tribal casinos are proud to announce they paid $138 million to the state as part of their exclusive gambling compact. That’s a lot...

12/4/2019

article Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma had $145M in economic impact on state
(Oklahoma) -- The Absentee Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma had an economic impact of more than $145 million in the state in 2017, supporting more than 1,130 jobs that paid $55...
article Chickasaw Nation reaches out to federal agency on standoff with state over tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The head of the largest gaming tribe in Oklahoma has told the federal agency that oversees tribal gaming that any effort to disrupt its operations would be...
article Chicken-Fried News: No sale
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin “Coffee Is for Closers” Stitt has repeatedly said he wants to run Oklahoma like a business — without specifying exactly what...
article Oklahoma ranks second in nation for gambling
(Oklahoma) -- According to new data from the American Gaming Association, Oklahoma is the second state in the nation for the average amount each resident gambles. A map...

11/30/2019

article LETTER: Nothing is wrong with current Oklahoma Indian gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- According to the American Political Science Association, comprised of historians, political scientists and scholars, businessmen do poorly as elected...

11/26/2019

article Busey: Battle over tribal gaming has serious downsides
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt seems intent on escalating the conflict with the tribes over gaming compacts. His strategy could force negotiations into court – a...

11/25/2019

article EDITORIAL: Gaming talks should resume
(Oklahoma) -- The stalled talks over tribal gaming compacts are not good news for anyone in Oklahoma. The main point of contention is whether the compacts expire on Jan...
article Oklahoma Governor Stitt Like ‘Used Car Salesman’ in Compact Negotiations, Says Tribal Chief
(Oklahoma) -- In Oklahoma, ongoing tribal compact negotiations led by Governor Kevin Stitt have been “a used car salesman thing,” according to one tribal...
article Tribes await offer on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma's five largest Indian tribes aren't buying. "It felt like a used car salesman...
article COMMENTARY: For Rational, Fair, Legal and Honest New Tribal Compacts
(Oklahoma) -- For a time, after insisting on a “United” approach aiming to retain the monopoly-sustaining casino compacts, the Chickasaw Nation seemed to...

11/24/2019

article EDITORIAL: Legalize sports betting? Then allow college athlete endorsements
(Oklahoma) -- Whenever Oklahoma’s governor, Legislature and 30-plus tribal nations move beyond their talking points and truly negotiate the future of gambling in...
article Impeachment, opioid lawsuit, and gaming compacts discussions continue on Flash Point [3rd video]
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. State Representative (D-OKC) Mickey Dollens...

11/23/2019

article Five Tribes say they're waiting for an offer from governor on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Whatever Gov. Kevin Stitt is selling, the leaders of Oklahoma’s five largest Indian tribes aren’t buying. “It felt like a used car...
article Deduction cap may play role in casino debate
(Oklahoma) -- When it comes to the ongoing debate over renegotiation of state-tribal gaming compacts, there’s an elephant in the living room everyone pretends to...
article Fair and Biased: Increase in gambling fees an indirect tax on players!
(Oklahoma) -- On Thursday, Governor Kevin Stitt held a news conference on the impasse Oklahoma state government and the Indian tribes have in regard to the Indian gaming...
article VIDEO: Covering The Capitol: Latest Details In Indian Gaming Compact
(Oklahoma) -- The Tribal gaming compacts run out in just over a month or do they? That's the question and what our capitol reporter Aaron Brilbeck is set to find out...

11/21/2019

article A breakdown of the nearly $139 million that Oklahoma collected from state tribes in fiscal year 2018
(Oklahoma) -- Since 2005, the State of Oklahoma has collected money from tribal gaming in the state. The yearly fees collected by the state have increased every year...
article Gambling compact negotiations between Stitt/tribes stalled
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt said state-tribal negotiations over casino compacts have reached an impasse, but said he remains committed to an improved agreement that...
article Free Market Friday: Stitt makes strong case on casino rates
(Oklahoma) -- With negotiations over new state-tribal gaming compacts at an impasse, Gov. Kevin Stitt has taken his case to the people. He’s given Oklahomans good...
article LETTER: Tribal gaming compacts need public scrutiny
(Oklahoma) -- Just over 100 years ago, the first of Woodrow Wilson’s 14 points for peace between governments called for “Open covenants … openly...

11/20/2019

article Okla. Council Of Public Affairs Weighs In On Gaming Compact Dispute Between Tribes, Gov. Stitt
(Oklahoma) -- Conservative think tank, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs said casino gaming compacts with the state should be renegotiated. The OCPA said it has...
article Oklahoma organization issues support for renegotiation of tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- As the battle over the state’s tribal gaming compacts continues, another organization is speaking out about the fight. Currently, Native American...

11/17/2019

article Flash Point team discusses impeachment hearings, tribal gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Each week, the Flash Point team tackles some of the biggest topics circulating in the Sooner State and beyond. This week, Todd Lamb, Mike Turpen, and...
article Talks on tribal gaming compacts and rates stalemated over question of renewal
(Oklahoma) -- As the calendar counts down to Jan. 1, Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribes with gaming compacts appear far from resolving their disagreement over renewal of the...
article THE OKLAHOMAN: Impasse over Oklahoma gaming compacts widens
(Oklahoma) -- If the latest rhetoric is any indication, then it’s clear the dispute between the governor and Oklahoma’s Indian tribes over gaming compacts is...
article Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new Republican governor is doubling down on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the end of...
article Letter to the editor: More transparency need on state gambling money
(Oklahoma) -- Taxpayers of the state of Oklahoma need to be informed on the goals of Gov. Kevin Stitt and Attorney General Mike Hunter to increase revenues from the...

11/16/2019

article Stitt, tribes at impasse on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming compact talks appear stalled after tribal leaders booted the state’s negotiators out of a meeting last month. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said...

11/15/2019

article Capitol Insider: Stitt Pushes for Public Support of Compact Changes
(Oklahoma) -- As he continues to push for renegotiation of the state of Oklahoma's gaming compacts with tribal nations, Governor Kevin Stitt is asking for public...
article Oklahoma governor digs in on gambling showdown with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s new Republican governor doubled down Thursday on his position that the state’s gambling compacts with Indian tribes expire at the...

11/14/2019

article Battle continues between tribal leaders, governor’s office over tribal gaming compact
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt came out swinging at a news conference to discuss negotiations for the state's tribal gaming compacts. Currently, Native...
article Cherokees object to state’s arbitration proposal on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- The Cherokee Nation Rules Committee heard updates during a Wednesday meeting from Assistant Attorney General Chris Nimmo on the tribe's pending legal...
article Dueling pressers: Stitt, tribes talk gaming negotiations
(Oklahoma) -- With all parties agreeing the issue could head to court if compromise is not found, Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt and tribal representatives held dueling press...
article Gaming compact negotiations hit impasse as governor says tribes 'would not listen to our plan'
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt on Thursday accused tribes of refusing to communicate with him over possible changes to their gaming compacts. Stitt told reporters at a...
article Governor voices frustration, suggests tribal gaming fees as high as 25%
(Oklahoma) -- Gov. Kevin Stitt proposed Oklahoma tribal gaming fees as high as 25% Thursday as he went public with his frustrations over what he described as an...
article Stitt, tribes at impasse on gaming compacts
(Oklahoma) -- Gaming compact talks appear stalled after tribal leaders booted the state’s negotiators out of a meeting last month. Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt said...

11/11/2019

article Oklahoma tribes reject gaming compact arbitration
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically...

11/9/2019

article Oklahoma tribes with casinos say no to compact arbitration
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma's 35 tribal nations with casinos have rejected arbitration in a dispute with the state over whether existing gaming compacts automatically...

11/8/2019

article Choctaws hope to resolve gaming impasse with Oklahoma
(Oklahoma) -- It's Native American Heritage Month, a time dedicated to honoring the culture and history of the people who established a human presence on the...
article Tribes say no to arbitration on gaming compact renewal
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma tribes with casinos have refused the state’s offer to go into arbitration over a dispute about renewal of their gaming compacts. The impasse...

11/3/2019

article In Oklahoma, governor tests power of tribal gambling
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma’s history is so deeply intertwined with the 39 Native American tribes located there that the state’s creation in 1907 was celebrated...
article Not much movement after gaming sitdown
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter met this week with the leaders of Oklahoma’s American Indian tribes to discuss gaming compacts. It appears little...

10/31/2019

article Oklahoma state starts gaming compact negotiations with tribes
(Oklahoma) -- Attorney General Mike Hunter held Monday a “positive and constructive” meeting with tribal nations at the Citizen Potawatomi Nation’s...

10/30/2019

article Oklahoma’s casino-operating tribes begin gaming compact talks
(Oklahoma) -- Oklahoma Attorney General, Mike Hunter, reportedly began meeting with representatives from some of the state’s 35 casino-operating tribes on Monday...

10/29/2019

article Former Oklahoma Governor Issues Warning to State as Tribal Compact Negotiations Kick Off
(Oklahoma) -- As Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter began controversial compact negotiations with the state’s tribal gaming operators on Monday in a bid to...

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